About Cala Ratjada
One of Mallorca’s most important fishing ports, Cala Ratjada (also known as Cala Ratjada), is in the north east, in the Capdepera municipality. It’s at the heart of an area that is particularly popular with Germans, and many have homes here. During summer it is a very popular location for a traditional family holiday. Find out everything you need to know to enjoy the best of Cala Ratjada with www.abc-mallorca.com.
The old port of Cala Ratjada still has traditional character and charm, with numerous fishing boats, including the traditional Mallorcan llaüt. There’s also a ferry service to the neighbouring Balearic island of Menorca.
Nearby are excellent beaches, and several can be seen on a promenade walk from the tamarind-shaded little beach of Cala Gat all the way to the stony cove of Sa Pedruscada, with its tiny fisherman’s cottages, passing through the sandy beach of Cala Son Moll.
Cala Agulla is around a 15-minute-walk from Cala Ratjada town centre and has a long sandy beach. In the other direction, towards Canyamel, is Cala de Sa Font, a popular family resort.
History and Culture of Cala Ratjada
Cala Ratjada ‘the Bay of Rays’ is the nearest point between Mallorca and Menorca and is why it has played an important role in the economy. On clear days, it is not difficult to see the island of Menorca and the town of Ciutadella.
This pretty coastal town on a scenic, rocky coastline provides well for visiting tourists but has retained much of its history, charm and character – this is a perfect choice if you want to avoid purpose-built resorts and explore the east coast.
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Shopping in Cala Ratjada
Although Cala Ratjada is not a shopping destination, you will find everything you need to enjoy your holiday. The main shopping strip is to be found on the L’Agulla Elinor Servera street. There are several larger towns nearby offering a wider range of shops and local markets.
Cala Ratjada also has a weekly market on Saturday mornings at Plaça del Pins, or you could try the markets at Capdepera on Wednesday or and Artà on Tuesday. See our full guide for all the markets nearby.
Major Attractions in Cala Ratjada
The major attractions in Cala Ratjada are the beaches and surrounding countryside. Nearby Cala Agulla is a blue flag beach.
Cala Agulla is a large, white sand beach surrounded by beautiful, natural landscapes in the northeast. A relaxed beach offering water sports & boat trips. […] Cala Agulla
There are also several places of historical interest to visit: Cala Ratjada has a 19th century lighthouse at the Punta de Capdepera. Nearby is the March family palace, in 15 acres, where the March Foundation created a sculpture garden, including examples by Chillida, Rodin, and Henry Moore. The gardens are used for occasional public summer concerts.
Things to Do in Cala Ratjada
As well as enjoying the lively bars and restaurants during peak holiday season you can stroll around some of the historic gardens or enjoy a wide variety of watersports. The east coast is one of the better locations for surfers as it often experiences choppier waters than the largely calm beaches of the island.
This is one of the best bases in Mallorca if you enjoy bird watching. The coastal areas around Cala Mesquida and Cala Agulla are designated by the Balearic Government as a protected bird sanctuary. Take a look at our guide for east Mallorca to find the best the region has to offer.
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There is also golf available in nearby Capdepera.
This mature 18-hole course enjoys a delightful location surrounded by the Llevant hills and provides a challenge for accomplished and inexperienced Golfers. […] Capdepera Golf
The caves at Arta are also well worth a visit.
Restaurants in Cala Ratjada
Cala Ratjada has a wide range of restaurants catering to a variety of international tastes. One of our favourites is the long established Ses Rotges Restaurant which was the first to gain a Michelin star in 1977. This legacy of fine cuisine has been handed down to the current generation of this family run business where you can still enjoy Mallorcan cuisine with a strong French influence.
Cala Ratjada is the location of this French restaurant in the north-east coast of Mallorca. It’s a family affair with father, mother and son maintaining the high culinary standards since 1974. […] Ses Rotges Restaurant Cala Ratjada
Plus, don’t miss the delightful Forn Nou Restaurant in Arta.
This cosy 10-bedroom hotel in the town of Artà in the northeast of Mallorca has a good – but small – restaurant, with rooftop dining option in summer. […] Forn Nou Restaurant Artà
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Hotels in Cala Ratjada
There are many hotels to choose from in Cala Ratjada. There are also two of our favourite rural hotels nearby in Capdepera.
Located close to the town of Capdepera, this hotel offers 26 bright and welcoming guest suites. A great base to explore the northeast of Mallorca. Well-known for its Michelin star chef. Book now! […] Predi Son Jaumell Hotel Capdepera
Events in Cala Ratjada
Two popular events happen every September in Cala Ratjada: the Day of the Tourist – in the last week of the month – offers concerts, dancing, theatre, fireworks and more.
The last weekend of September is the Mostra de la Llampuga – promoting this fish (known as the lightning fish) caught in the local waters from September to November. The Mostra is a chance to try local restaurants’ creations using this delicious fish.
The towns of Capdepera and Cala Ratjada host this annual festival which features numerous activities and the traditional cossiers dance. […] Festes de Sant Bartomeu
Take a trip back to the bucolic middle ages at a Medieval Fair on Mallorca. Capdepera is the perfectly quaint setting for this annual event. […] Medieval Fair in Capdepera
In the Roman walled town of Capdepera, legend has it that the Virgen de la Esparanza saved the small picturesque village from a pirate attack long ago. […] La Virgen de la Esperanza
Living in Cala Ratjada
Cala Ratjada enjoys a busy summer with many tourists, particularly from Germany, flocking to the resort in peak season. The east coast of Mallorca is becoming more active during the winter months, but the town largely closes down out-of-season. Not many shops remain open and year-round residents are likely to rely on the larger towns of Arta and Manacor for a full range of shopping and amenities.
If you are interested in buying property in Cala Ratjada you will be happy to find that it is more affordable than many other parts of the island. There are still many small holiday apartments for sale at less than 100,000 euros and a large villa will typically cost up to 5 million euros.
If you are looking for advice in order to buy, sell or rent a property in this or any other area of Mallorca, please do not hesitate to have a look at our selection of reliable and professional real estate agents on the island.
Cala Agulla is around a 15-minute-walk from Cala Ratjada town centre and has a long sandy beach. In the other direction, towards Canyamel, is Sa Font de Sa Cala, a popular family resort.
Capdepera, with its narrow streets and hilltop castle ruins, is home to a lively medieval market held on the third weekend of May each year, which brings visitors from all over Mallorca as well as from Cala Ratjada.
Arta is a well-served smaller town for a more intimate ambience.
Sa font de sa cala is a relaxed, family friendly beach on the east coast with watersports & diving. Near to Canyamel & Rajada make it a great holiday spot. […] Sa Font de sa Cala
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